To: Fester Chugabrew
"Perhaps you ought to inform the authors of biology textbooks who bring abiogenesis into discussions of evolution that they are out of bounds."
If they call one abiogenesis and the other evolution there is no problem.
" On what basis do paleontologists assert they are capable of constructing good evolutionary histories? "
The vast fossil record and their ability to reason.
"Physics enjoys present phenomena to observe and record. Anyone is free to assert purely natural causes to all phenomena. Will billions of years of billions of combinations of matter a virgin birth here and there should hardly be scientifically impossible, let alone improbable."
I'll try to decipher this jumble. A virgin birth here and there is outside of scientific explanation.
posted on 12/05/2005 3:54:44 PM PST
("There is a grandeur in this view of life...")
A virgin birth here and there is outside of scientific explanation.
Not if science considers the current universe to be the result of countless potential combinations of matter forming by way of unguided, unintelligent, forces. It is the naturalistic viewpoint of all viewpoints that condones virtually any potential combination of matter, or random occurence, and so a virgin birth, water into wine, etc. are viable possibilities scientifically speaking. They must be, because matter is capable of behaving any way imaginable. It operates sans design and sans intelligence. Hence we may very well see a virgin birth simply by virtue of mutation and natural selection. Again, with virutally any scenario possible (since probabilities are scientifically non-explanatory), a virgin birth is a simple matter. Sure, it doesn't happen very often, and no one has witnessed it personally of late, but they didn't see the first life forms either.
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